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A total contrast in almost everyway to yesterday's upload yet only a few miles and hours apart. Great Western 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5029 Nunney Castle in late afternoon sun crossing the River Thames near Cholsey along the Great Western main line between Reading and Didcot.

The black smoke is very 'un-Great Western' like, in that it used to pride itself on clean exhausts due to the design of the firebox for burning high calorific Welsh steam coal, sadly no longer used, the indications are that this is a low grade dirty coal which is probably making life difficult for the fireman, though there is a whisp of white steam from the safety value indicating that there is plenty of steam available in the boiler for the driver to call upon.

It was shot across the playing fields of an Independent School with the Thames Valley beyond making it a quintessentially (almost) timeless English early autumn scene. I rather like the arms raised pose of one of the boys.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 200
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Great Western
Username:robincoombes robincoombes
Uploaded:30 Sep 2008 - 1:06 PM
Tags:5029, Castle, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Steam, Transport
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peterboyce
30 Sep 2008 - 1:13 PM

LOVELY SHOT....PETER

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 1:18 PM

Beautiful Big Boys' Toy in the midst of lovely Autumn colours.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 1:36 PM

Great image, Robin, but is certainly adding to the pollution problem! Carol

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iancam
iancam  5 England
30 Sep 2008 - 1:47 PM

Great shot, Love it

Ian

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 2:37 PM

What a great scene like it alot

Brian.....................................

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 3:07 PM

Super image, like the figures giving everything some scale.
John

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 - 3:50 PM

Great shot,
Mark.

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 - 4:05 PM

A very good shot,
Peter

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 5:17 PM

A cracking shot and like you I like the boys arms in the air too.

Paul

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 - 8:42 PM

Super shot this.

John.

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GlynnisFrith
GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2008 - 9:30 PM

Yes I agree the boy in the playing field adds to this great image
Glynnis

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Nikon_Tog
Nikon_Tog  6105 forum posts England
1 Oct 2008 - 8:08 AM

Another great shot, the exhaust, the boy with his arms in the air and the autumnal colours all contribute to an excellent shot.

Barry.

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